Not everyone gets to be a champion. But, for student-athletes seeking to reach the pinnacle of college team sports there isn’t a surer path to championship status than the Big 12.
The NCAA sponsors 39 team championships each year and the 2012-13 results are in for all of the sports except baseball. Eight different conferences – ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big West, Big Ten, Ivy, Pac-12 and SEC – have been represented on the championship podium this year.
The Big 12 won six championships: men’s cross country (Oklahoma State), men’s rifle (West Virginia), women’s rifle (West Virginia), softball (Oklahoma), women’s outdoor track (Kansas) and volleyball (Texas).
The Big 12 sponsors 181 sports among its membership, which means that 1-in-every-30.1 teams won a national title last season. That team championship ratio in the Big 12 is best in the nation (with just the baseball championship still up for grabs).
Here are the ratios for the other leagues boasting at least one championship team:
- Big 12: 30.17 (six championships for 181 teams)
- Pac-12: 33.875 (eight championships)
- Big Ten: 42.26 (seven championships)
- SEC: 45.67 (six championships)
- ACC: 65.75 (four championships)
- Ivy: 71.25 (four championships)
- Big East: 86.0 (two championships)
- Big West: 193.0 (one championship)
The Big 12 may be a smaller league than most of its peers, but it doesn’t take a back seat to anyone in competition. Its championship tradition is truly worth touting.